Sugar - It really harms the liver - Natural ways to avoid damage
About 10% of us are real sugar addicts.
So says Professor Robert Lustig, Professor of pediatrics and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studiesat the University of California, San Francisco.
His research shows that when obese children removed sugars from their diets for about 10 days, every area of their metabolic health improved.
For a long time, doctors mainly worried about life-threatening liver disease in alcoholics, but now there is growing concern about these conditions are linked to fructose consumption from added sugar.
One of the most common types of sugar, fructose, can be toxic to the liver, just like alcohol is. Manufacturers extract and concentrate the fructose from beets, corn, and sugarcane, removing the fiber and nutrients. Large doses of fructose throughout the day, without fiber to slow it down, is how our bodies were designed to handle it.
Often, apparently "healthy" foods are loaded with sugar, and so we're consuming sugar all day. (We always recommend you check your labels.)
Result : Fatty Liver disease
Nearly all added sugars contain noticeable amounts of fructose. Typical formulations of high-fructose corn syrup contain above 50% fructose. regular white table sugar and most sweeteners that sound healthy, such as "organic cane sugar" are 50% fructose.
The result is that over 30% of American adults and 13% of kidshave (non-alcoholic) fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This is characterized by excess fat build-up in the liver.
Since the 80's, the rates of NAFLD and NASH have doubled, in direct correlation with with the rise of fructose consumption, and lifestyle habits.
This Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is exhibited by fatty liver, inflammation and "steatosis," which is basically a type of scarring, when the liver tries to heal its damage. This response gradually cuts off vital blood flow to the liver. It is now the 3rd cause of liver transplantation in America
Help me help you
The liver is the organ that recognizes toxic substances and converts them into harmless material to be excreted. For our blood to flow smoothly and cleanly, we need to the optimal environment in the body that helps the liver.
Moving around is a big help.
During physical activities, the heart pumps more blood. The liver is better able to release blood to your organs, muscles and even your brain. There are other natural ways...
Herbs and Supplementation
Natural herbs have always been used to help the liver metabolize those chemicals found in drugs with antibiotics, hormones, but also nutrients like proteins and fats.
Some known herbs that help the liver in chemical conversion of nutrients and eliminating toxins are:
- Dandelion root
- Milk thistle
- Holy Basil
These Herbs ( or also found in Herbal Supplements) help the liver properly metabolize foods, eliminate waste and regulate(balance) hormone levels. Milk thistleis a source of antioxidants like Silymarin, which keeps good Glutathione levels in the liver and also fights liver disease.
Holy basilcontains essential oils that are said to fight bacteria, heavy metals and also types of fungus.
Sugar from real fruit is the way we should be getting it our sweet fix.
When you eat a piece of candy or a doughnut, your system converts it into simple glucose, which is absorbed into bloodstream... very quickly. Not good.
It's better to use fruit and natural dried fruit ( It has fiber and pectin) which causes glucose to be absorbed and digested at a better, slower rate - unlike the doughnut. The good result is that insulin rises at a better rate, which prevents sugar being stored (and remember, it stores it as fat). So, use things like dried fruits, dates and replace white carbs (flour) with healthy rolled oats and add nuts. Natural bean desserts are great too.
Eat that good dessert every day, especially after dinner. Eating something sweet after dinner, deals with sweet cravings and your body will feel like it has closure.
If you are interested in considering a good liver help supplement, consider Liver Detoxifier